15 November 2023
Battery Days 2023: Two-day event marks German-Dutch collaboration on new generation batteries
The Battery Days 2023 took place on 9 and 10 November. A two-day event that has strengthened cooperation between the Netherlands and Germany in the field of education, research and development in the next generation of batteries. The two-day conference was organized by the Battery Competence Cluster - NL in collaboration with Twente Board and Fraunhofer Research Institution for Battery Cell Production
A notable highlight was the symbolic final approval of the National Growth Fund proposal "Material Independence and Circular Batteries", submitted by Battery Competence Cluster - NL (BCC-NL). This proposal, developed in collaboration with more than 60 companies and knowledge institutions, aims to make the Netherlands less dependent on scarce and critical raw materials for batteries and to take advantage of the opportunities in the battery industry. Heijs indicated that many National Growth Fund proposals had been submitted. This proposal has actually received funding because it makes the Netherlands less dependent when it comes to raw materials for batteries, has a strong ecosystem, ensures international cooperation and makes a good contribution to the Dutch economy.
Rutger van Poppel, program manager of BCC-NL, explained how the budget is being used to create a strategic position at various positions in the battery value chain. The focus should be on the existing strengths of the Dutch battery ecosystem. With confidence, based on the unique competencies and companies in the Netherlands, we can focus on specific sectors where batteries become necessary. Van Poppel indicated that in the coming years, even more companies will be able to join the program through open calls.
With confidence, based on the unique competencies and companies in the Netherlands, we can focus on specific sectors where batteries become necessary.
Margien Storm van Leeuwen, of Energy Storage NL, explained the role of energy storage in the short and long term. Due to trends such as grid congestion, independence from Russian gas and fluctuations in energy prices, energy storage is becoming increasingly important. Enormous growth in energy storage is therefore foreseen, also abroad, which offers opportunities for Dutch companies. Wouter IJzermans of the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) then outlines the possibilities of cooperation through the European battery community and the financing opportunities for this from Europe.